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By Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Ánh | | Updated: Jan 27, 2022

[Vietnam] Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Ánh, Guangxi University

Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Ánh [Photo provided to]

As the saying goes, “One picture is worth than a thousand words.” During the years of my study in China, I am honored to witness the strength of China and its rapid development.

Reading the Chinese history, I see the successful development of the “two bombs and one satellite”, because of which China owns the ability to become a protector of world peace and to visit the outer space as a regular guest; I see the successful cultivation of hybrid rice that is known as “the second green revolution”, because of which China has solved the problem of food self-supply and safeguarded world food security; I see the COVID-19 epidemic in the past two years, during which China has given the world a lot of help and experience in the prevention and control of the epidemic, vaccine development, resumption of work and production, etc.

As an international student, I have witnessed and experienced the rapid development of China and its power during my study in China. Naturally, the most direct experience is the convenience of daily life.

First of all, the convenience in transportation. Take Nanning, the city where I study, as an example. I see two railway stations, Nanning Station and Nanning East Station, which can reach Guangzhou to the east, Beijing to the north, Kunming in Yunnan to the west, and Qinzhou and Beihai to the south.

Whenever I wanted to travel, I would take out my phone and book a ticket, get on the high-speed railway, and experience the “China speed” while looking at the scenery outside the window comfortably and relaxedly.

In downtown Nanning, I see that the city transportation extending in all directions. Metro lines 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been put into operation, and line 5, airport line and Wuming line will be opened one after another in the future. The main subway lines are distributed vertically and horizontally, which greatly improves the speed of the city’s people flow.

Buses, which have become auxiliary tools after the metro operation, are also densely spread on both sides of the road. Shared bicycles that can be seen everywhere effectively solve the last-mile problem of people’s travel, which are not only convenient and cheap, but also bring people a lot of fun of riding.

The second thing that I would like to talk about is the convenience of shopping in China. I see that people can shop without leaving home by simply logging into Taobao, JD, Meituan and other APPs with their phones.

At the same time, the express logistics can deliver the purchased goods to your doorstep within a certain time limit, which is so convenient! In addition, China’s third-party payment is especially developed. You can pay by scanning WeChat or Alipay. How safe and fast!

Besides, I see that the Chinese government is efficient. I see that the Chinese police and urban management personnel are very professional. I see that the level of medical care and service in China is very high. What’s most amazing is the modern life which is full of high technology and the safe and friendly social environment in China.

“A straw shows which way the wind blows.” The changes in clothing, food, housing and transportation of the Chinese people are a reflection of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. However, these achievements are certainly not made overnight.

The campus of Guangxi University [Photo provided to]

I know that they are achieved with the continuous hard work, unity and struggle of the industrious, brave and wise Chinese people, led by the Chinese Communist Party, step by step, and generation after generation. This year, the Chinese people are welcoming the 100th birthday of the Chinese Communist Party with enthusiasm and determination. I see that China, closely knitted and united, is moving toward the next great goal.

See China, and appreciate China. The more I see, the more I am amazed. The more I appreciate, the more I love it. During the several years of studying abroad, I have seen a lot, I have seen many aspects, and I have seen a most real China. I’m honored to witness the prosperity of a country.

My heart is full of amazement, excitement, hopes and wishes. I hope that after graduation, I can work in a China-related job, so that I can not only often return to China, but also contribute to the friendship between Vietnam and China. I wish that China will continue to write a new chapter in the new era and provide more experiences for and make more contributions to the development of the world.

The story is from "My Beautiful Encounter with China" Essay Competition organized by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchanges (CSCSE).